Part of the red-hot demand for alpacas in New England has to do with
how easy they are to care for. New England offers the perfect climate
for these hardy animals whose warm fleeces keep out the cold of the
snowy winters. Standing at just 36 tall at the withers, and weighing
140-180 lbs, alpacas are easy halter, transport and handle. The primary
care taker of these animals is more likely to be a woman in New England
than a man, although many farms are operations where the entire family
(including the children) is involved. Most farms are small with 12-40
animals being the norm. Most farms have little or no heavy equipment
and do not hire outside help. The land requirement for raising alpacas
in New England is also small&an acre for 6 alpacas. Alpacas require
little grooming other than toenail trimming every couple of months.
They do not need more than a simple three-sided shelter...and they do
require certain vaccinations and anti-parasitic medications. When the
new breeder sees the small is beautiful approach to alpaca farming here
in New England, many say Hey...I could do this!